“Special Edition” means I’m heading out of town midweek. This doesn’t mean I didn’t plan a lunch, in fact, I thought ahead. I made extra meatballs last week and froze them. Yes, it’s a good thing I like meatballs. One weekend away can screw up the week’s clean eating. I try very hard to stay on top of it because it is a priority in my life.
I put a lot of thought behind my meals and snacks every week. I do it once and then the whole week is planned out. I don’t have to think twice about it, which is most useful for when I am actually hungry in the moment and need to grab something quick to eat. This way, I end up grabbing something that is healthy and not just whatever I can find. Below are the steps I take each week to keep it as healthy and mindless as possible.
I realize I just said I like to keep it mindless. That’s after I spend a couple of hours prepping. I mean really think ahead. Do you have a business lunch during the week? Will you be staying late at the office? Are you meeting friends after work for dinner? What does your weekend look like? Are you going to have time to prep your lunch next weekend too?
This may seem complicated, but it really isn’t and it is very much necessary. If I have plans at night, I might pack one less snack or a smaller portioned lunch because I normally don’t do a whole lot for dinner since my husband isn’t home. If I know I’m going to be busy the following weekend I might make a double batch of whatever I’m cooking and freeze half. Things may come up during week and that’s fine too, but this way you are as prepared as you can be.
Plan It Out
Write a list of what you want to eat during the week and then write a list of ingredients you will need to make that possible. Don’t tell yourself you will figure it out when you get there. Never works that way. Go with a game plane. Before you leave the house, check the ingredients that you do have. Here is a Law of Life: Anything not on the list will be forgotten. So take you’re time before you hit the grocery store.
Once I get home from the store, I wash and cut all my fruits and vegetables and cook my meats or recipes. On average it takes me about 2 hours or less. This is a must, must, must. If I do not do this during the weekend it will not get done even if I tell myself I will do it. I won’t. I do not leave myself enough time in the morning to wash my fruit and assemble lunches. Everything needs to be in the fridge and ready to grab.
You’re still not done. Portion everything out. Put nuts in sandwich bags and store in the pantry. Portion cut fruit and berries into individual serving sizes. I do this for everything I can. Oatmeal, hummus, cherries, watermelon… you name it. Do this right after everything is cleaned and cooked and you’ll be thanking yourself Monday morning (and all the other mornings too).
Eat It (My Favorite Part)
It’s a lot of work to stay healthy… even sometimes, but it is worth to have energy and feel good.